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What is the B4 School Check?

The B4 School Check is FREE for every 4 year old child in New Zealand, and is the last Well Child check.


Why should your four year old have a B4 School Check?

  • It is an opportune time to have your child's health and development checked before they start school.
  • You and your child spend time with a trained B4 school nurse for approx 45 minutes. 
  • You have the chance to fill in a questionnaire about your child's health and development which you and the nurse will discuss especially anything you are concerned about.  The questionnaire is helpful providing a good place to start the  conversation 
  • A Vision and Hearing test will be arranged if this has not already occurred for your four year old child
  • You can request a copy of the B4 school check results
  • Your child's pre-school/Kindergarten/Kohanga reo will also have an opportunity to provide information via a set questionnaire, about your child's learning and development
  • The check also covers the following:
    • your child's health and development
    • teeth
    • height
    • weight
    • social and emotional wellbeing
    • immunisations.
  • If you or the nurse believes your child would benefit from further assessment, the nurse will discuss this with you and offer a referral to other services that may help.  The nurse can also help you arrange for any catch up immunisations for your child.

 

What to bring with you to the B4 School Check:

  • Your child's Well Child Tamariki Ora Health Book, so the nurse can record your child's growth and development. 

 

Got any questions or want to book an appointment? 

For more information or to book an appointment please phone:

  • Eastern Bay of Plenty Plunket: 07 308 8454
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty Community Health 4 Kids: 07 306 0944 or 0800 935 5543 (option 3)
  • Western Bay of Plenty Plunket: 07 578 7811
  • Western Bay of Plenty Community Health 4 Kids: 07 557 5522 or 0800 935
    5543 (option 3), or phone/text 027 223 2869
  • Te Manu Toroa: 07 577 4182

 

B4 School Check videos to watch:-

For more information visit: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/child-health/b4-school-check

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Last updated: August 29, 2018